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Wyoming Coal

  • Production/Consumption:
    • #1 in U.S. coal production
    • 438,380,012 short tons produced in 2011 (SIMW, 2011)
    • 2,142 thousand short tons consumed in-state in 2011
    • Produced 40 percent of all coal mined in U.S. in 2011
    • In 2011, 35 states received coal from Wyoming mines, with eight states buying more than 90 percent of their coal from Wyoming
  • Prices: Average sales price $13.56/short ton (vs. $41.01/short ton U.S. Average) (EIA, 2013) 
  • Employment/Taxes:
    • 7,000 employees (SIMW , 2011)(based on Annual Reports of the Inspector of Mines)
    • Through royalties, severance taxes, and other payments, the coal industry contributed approximately $1.02 billion to state and local governments in 2010
  • Exports:
    • In 2010, Wyoming exported 435.4 million short tons (mmst) domestically
    • In 2010, foreign exports to seven countries totaled 5,237.5 thousand short tons
  • Electrical Generation:
    • 3,541 GWh of coal-fired net electricity generation
    • As of July 2012, 91.9 percent of net electricity generation in Wyoming comes from coal
    • Total generation capability of coal generators in Wyoming: 6,747.8 MW (WSGS, 2012)
    • Installed coal generation capacity: 6,035MW
  • Resources and Infrastructure:
    • Recoverable coal reserves: 61.1 billion short tons
    • Wyodak coal seam in the Powder River Basin is the #1 producing coal bed in the U.S.
    • 19 active coal mines in Wyoming

Coal Mines


Unless otherwise noted, all facts presented here can be sourced to the EIA.

(EIA, 2013) United States Energy Information Administration (EIA). Retrieved April 2013 from:

(CREG, 2012) Wyoming State Government Revenue Forecast (CREG). Retrieved October 2012 from:

(SIMW, 2011) State Inspector of Mines of Wyoming (SIMW). “Annual Report of The State Inspector of Mines of Wyoming.” Department of Workforce Services, Office of Mine Inspector. Retrieved August 2012 from:

(WDWS, 2012) Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (WDWS). “Wyoming Labor Force Trends.” Retrieved August 2012 from:

(WSGS, 2012) Wyoming State Geologic Survey (WSGS).  "Wyoming's Coal Resources." Retrieved October 2012 from:

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